|Seats available for users
(at 31 March 2007)
|Reader desks||1Other provision|
|Humanities Floor 1 and 2 Reading Rooms||436||85|
|Rare Books and Music Reading Room||293||74|
|Maps Reading Room||37||20|
|Asian & African Studies Reading Room (formerly known as Oriental and India Office Reading Room)||83||47|
|Manuscripts Reading Room||72||24|
|Science Reading Rooms||128||38|
|Business and IP Centre||32||73|
|Social Sciences Reading Room||50||27|
|Boston Spa Reading Room||76||10|
1This includes seats provided at the British Library Integrated Catalogue screens, electronic database terminals, microform readers and carrels [the individual study booths in the Reading Rooms].
|Records in British Library catalogues and databases (at 31 March 2007)||2006/07||2005/06|
|British Library Integrated Catalogue1, 2||11,857,089||11,515,486|
|Access to archives2||593,338||573,973|
|Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections – Japanese and Chinese2, 3||55,414||46,441|
|Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED)||208,372||195,726|
|British National Bibliography (BNB)||2,580,606||2,436,864|
|Sound Archive Catalogue2||3,076,215||3,056,900|
|English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)2||469,268||468,647|
|Incunable Short Title Catalogue (ISTC)2||29,764||29,438|
|Electronic table of contents2, 4||30,264,915||27,745,402|
|International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) UK Centre||90,461||87,137|
|Register of Preservation Surrogates||213,794||208,653|
1 Number of unique records. A project to remove any duplication is ongoing.
2 Available from the Library's website.
3 All other Asia, Pacific and Africa Collection material, except for Japanese and Chinese material, is included in the British Library Integrated Catalogue.
4 A database listing articles and conference papers by title, derived from the top 20,000 research journals. The database is made available through British Library Direct and to higher education through zetoc.mimas.ac.uk.
5 The total does not represent the number of unique records. There is significant overlap between some files e.g. British National Bibliography and British Library Integrated Catalogue.
|Collection Holdings (at 31 March 2007)||2006/07||2005/06|
|Serial titles (all)2||879,320||873,071|
|Newspaper titles (all)3||56,335||56,200|
|Manuscripts (single and volumes)||327,560||314,914|
|India Office records4||392,013||391,972|
|Sound tape items||242,227||239,263|
|Prints and drawings||32,779||32,629|
|Reports in microform||10,257,901||10,203,631|
1 The figure for monographs is based on the number of items in the relevant catalogues. This figure includes an estimate of items covered by card catalogues.
2 The figure for serials titles is based on the number of records in the relevant catalogues. Changes of title are therefore counted as separate titles. This figure includes an estimate of items covered by card catalogues.
3 The figure for newspaper titles includes weekly and fortnightly magazines as well as newspapers.
4 The archives of the India Office (1858-1947) and its predecessors, including the East India Company (1600-1858).
|Items received on legal deposit||2006/07||2005/06|
|Maps and atlases||2,078||2,544|
|Serial titles received||38,384||38,253|
|Claims for items not automatically deposited||240,810||234,440|
|Use of www.bl.uk||2006/07||2005/06|
|Unique hosts served1||4,973,782||4,229,076|
|Successful requests for pages (page hits)2||60,938,371||48,495,880|
1 Unique hosts served is the best approximation available to the number of individual users of the website.
2 The number of pages of all types viewed on the website. Every landing on every page is counted in this figure.
|Kilometres of shelving and percentage occupied||2006/07||2005/06|
|Working capacity: linear km1||654.5||654.5|
|Extent of collection: linear km2||630.2||624.2|
1 Working capacity represents the linear length of the solid stock, plus the associated growth spaces without which the collection could not be used and added to effectively.
2 During 2006-2007 the gross increase in the extent of the material acquired by the Library was 11km. The net increase in the extent of the collection was reduced to 6km through the compression of stock at Boston Spa.
|Grant in aid||£6,106,000||£7,350,000|
|Conservation and/or rebinding1||3,538||6,382|
|Newspapers: frames of film||15,653,359||16,096,701|
|Books, periodicals, record volumes, manuscripts: frames of film||1,568,833||1,582,197|
1 Fluctuations in figures are due to the normal variations which occur annually when treating a wide range of non-standard items.
2 Minor repairs figures are substantially reduced because the department no longer undertakes much work of this type.